Roads to Perdition

Now it is said that rap music has eroded our moral fiber, but in 1914 Adam Clayton Powell, Sr., proclaimed that “the Negro race [was] dancing itself to death” with ragtime. The white race was doing the same, and lessons had to be given on how to dance without moving the shoulders or the hips. Years later Jelly Roll Morton still disapproved of the way dancers in those early years had been “shakin’ it, and breakin’ it, in an uncultured way.” You can hear all about it right here, on the sixth part of the Early Years of Jazz. I will be posting other parts of this film, intermittently and not necessarily in order, as I, too, have been Africanized and corrupted.

Axé.

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4 responses to “Roads to Perdition

  1. Very interesting…! Thanks for finding this, because I am always fascinated by documentaries-across-the-ages about the developement of African-American life, there are a number of bare faced prejudices on show, trouble is there is STILL a gulf between Purveyors and Documentarians: Theres always someone trying to stand in between to ‘authenticate’, ‘authorise’, ‘chide’, or condemn. For me programs made about the history of Motown or Stax or Free Jazz have an importance on a par with those about the Holocaust — I hope that doesn’t shock, but I believe it is very important.

  2. Splendid! Absolutely enjoyable and very interesting! Thanks.

  3. “For me programs made about the history of Motown or Stax or Free Jazz have an importance on a par with those about the Holocaust — I hope that doesn’t shock, but I believe it is very important.”

    Yes, it is (and no, I at least do not find it shocking).

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